Teaching opportunities in Reading
Cranbury College

About us

Type of school Pupil referral unit
School category Pupil referral unit
Age range of pupils 5 - 19
Gender of pupils Mixed
Number on roll 97 (additional 17 in 16 to 19 study program)

Cranbury College is a 132 place alternative curriculum provider, including a Hospital Teaching Service, Behaviour Support Team, Secondary and Primary PRU, Individual Learning Programs, and a Post 16 provider. Reading Borough Council currently commission 100 places from Cranbury College to meet the needs of some of Reading’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

The College also offers bespoke individual learning packages to those with complex needs and those who have difficulties accessing any of the College’s sites. Cranbury College is currently developing its outreach and continuing professional development offer and a range of further training opportunities. The College is looking to develop into a central hub of expertise in the area of SEMH for Reading schools and other local stakeholders


The Primary Provision at Cranbury College has a service for those children who are permanently excluded from school or those at risk of permanent exclusion.

The Primary setting is set up around Nurturing principles and children undergo continuous assessment both baseline and ongoing to identify the child’s particular needs. That information is then used to develop an individualised and bespoke package of education. The package is designed to enable the child to make the maximum amount of progress with the appropriate support.

After a period of intervention from the team, the aim is to either reintegrate the child back into mainstream or to work with the local authority and parents to assess whether a specialist placement would be more appropriate.

The Primary Provision also offers an Outreach service. Cranbury College Outreach is a team of specialist staff that go into schools to help staff in schools to improve standards in behaviour and learning. Specialist support staff support teachers and students who have an identified Social, Emotional and Mental Health need.

This outreach service is provided for maintained Local Authority schools and Academies can access the service through a service level agreement. The link to our SLA portal and login is

The Outreach service offer training and support to schools. The vision of Cranbury Outreach is to reduce exclusion and help to develop capacity in schools to meet the needs of those children with SEMH.

Please see further details of our offer below.


Cranbury College secondary site is located on Cranbury Road in Reading. The site is a 32 place provision and offers a core curriculum. The core curriculum offers students the opportunity to study Maths, English, Science, ICT, Cooking, Art and Sport. The extended offer looks at interventions to support the students' emotional health and wellbeing as well as offering alternative curriculum opportunities. Work experience and life skills form an important element of the offer and the college is also offering the Prince’s Trust to Year 11.

The Key Stage 3 provision is a short stay Pupil Referral Unit and students are expected to access some of the core curriculum and support is provided to help them address some of the difficulties they have been facing in mainstream. The aim of the Key Stage 3 provision is to reintegrate them back into a mainstream placement or to work with the Local Authority and parents to assess whether a more specialist placement would be appropriate to meet the young person’s needs.

The secondary site is staffed by a team of well qualified teachers and higher level teaching assistants.

Post 16

Cranbury College’s Post 16 provision is called “Vision”.

Vision is based at Northumberland Training Academy on Northumberland Avenue. Students work alongside members of staff to complete academic qualifications and gain skills to help them transition into further education, apprenticeships and full time employment.

The curriculum at Vision provides students who have a variety of needs with a clear pathway in mind?. Students can study Maths, English and ICT at GCSE and Functional Skills Level 1 and 2, as well as a range of other accredited courses including Latin, Art, History and Politics. There is also the opportunity to access work experience and other alternative curriculum opportunities.

Individual Learning Programme

For some young people accessing any of our sites can be challenging. This may be due to medical needs, anxiety, mental health concerns or where accessing the College sites is so overwhelming it causes the young person real challenges. At this point the College may choose to offer the young person an Individualised Learning Programme. This programme offers intensive 1:1 or small group tuition as well as alternative provision.

Hospital Teaching Service

The Hospital Team is made up of 3 teachers and a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. The aim of the Cranbury College Hospital Teaching Service is to help and maintain continuity in a learner’s education whilst they are in hospital. This should assist learners in their return to school and help avoid gaps in education and progress. The Hospital Teaching Team register approximately 1000 pupils each academic year, the majority of those living in Berkshire.

Teaching is on a 1:1 basis at the bedside, though where appropriate children are taught in small groups in the play room. The team provides interactive, engaging and fun activities using up to date resources and IT equipment.